WinACC action groups engage people on topics they feel strongly about, to turn WinACC's vision into reality. See sample terms of reference.

WinACC’s action groups are an important way to get involved in making a difference. Contact an action group direct to find out more, or scroll down for more information.

Local community groups on climate change 

As well as WinACC topic-based action groups, local groups across the district come and go. Contact WinACC if you want to set up a group or find out if there's a group in your area. WinACC offers:

  • free loan of equipment eg projector, screens (small and large), tables etc - see list and order form.
  • free loan of activities and games such as “’Tin Can Alley’ for summer fairs  – see order form.
  • free energy monitors to lend
  • our "Trash to Treasure" exhibition showing alternatives to throwing stuff away
  • a display of measures to save energy at home, from remote swtiches to insultation
  • a display of low energy and LED lightbulbs
  • workshops, speakers and facilitators on climate change topics
  • ideas about successful activities from other groups
  • opportunities to meet active people/groups from other parts of the Winchester district
  • publicity – we’ll advertise your events in our newsletter and website.
  • supplies of leaflets on energy saving in the home and cutting the carbon footprint of our travel – see list and order form
  • a few films on DVD to borrow, and advice on what films you could show
  • a free lending library of books with a climate change theme, both fiction and fact.

The Better Buildings Action Group

The Better Buildings Action Group is dormant. Its mission is to reduce the carbon footprint of existing homes and community buildings in Winchester District, including both retrofit and renewable generation. 

There's plenty to be done but not enough people with time to help. If you might be interested - even just to run one event - please get in touch. Contact / 01962 827083.

The Built Environment and Transport Action Group

The Built Environment and Transport Action Group meets from 6.00 to 7.30pm on the last Monday of the month.  Our mission is to create a sustainable Winchester District with the lowest possible carbon footprint from development and transport, direct and indirect. We lobby for better public transport, reducing parking in the centre of town, and improving provision for pedestrians and cyclists, and for new developments to be as close to zero carbon as possible in construction and use.


The group is chaired by Sue Turner.

The Community Engagement Group

This Group focuses on the best ways to engage people to take action on climate change, so that people across Winchester district to work together to create a lower carbon district.

Meets 6.00pm, usually on the 2nd Thursday of alternate two months. Click here for more information on the group's work. Contact

James Martin-Jones chairs this group.

Incredible Edible (Food Action) Group

Incredible Edible Winchester:

  • maintains the planters of edible plants at Winchester railway station , creating awareness of seasonal food and developing peoples interest in the group’s activities.
  • ras an alltment at Edington Road where people can learn to grow fruit and veg
  • raises awareness of the carbon footprint of food, the importance of eating local and seasonal food.
  • encourages everyone not to waste food.

Clare Shorter The chair is Clare Shorter. Contact

The Renewable Energy Action Group

The Renewable Energy Action Group aims to get more large-scale renewable energy generation in Winchester District.

Meets on 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6.30.

Richard Ritchie Richard Ritchie chairs the Renewable Energy Action Group. Contact

The Science and Technology Advisory Panel

  • provides up-to-date information, advice and documentation on scientific and technological matters to WinACC
  • works with other WinACC groups in areas of mutual interest where STAP’s scientific knowledge and opinion is useful
  • reviews information from WinACC such as presentations and web materials for scientific accuracy
  • publishes on climate change

Meets at 7.30 pm on the third Tuesday of alternate months.  Contact or read the panel's terms of reference for more information.

 The Science and Technology Advisory Panel is chaired by Brian Shorter.

The Waste Action Group

The Waste Action Group aims to promote the ethos of  'Prevent, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover and Dispose'. 

 The objectives are:

  1. Awareness of the current facilities & promoting the current process
  2. Influencing & working with the council(s) to improve the recycling facilities in Winchester District so a greater proportion of waste is recycled
  3. Promoting the most environmentally responsible solutions to waste disposal
The group meets monthly at 6.30 on the first Tuesday of the month. Contact if you would like to take part.
  The Waste Action Group is chaired by James Miller.